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SDVCJ Program

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Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction


The Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ) program is a three-year grant funded by the USDOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women. The SDVCJ program seeks to enhance the Tribe’s justice system responses by implementing expanded jurisdiction and sentencing authority as enumerated in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

What is SDVCJ?

The 2013 VAWA provisions recognize and reaffirm the inherent right of Tribal justice systems to prosecute crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and certain violations of protection orders committed by all persons, including non-Natives, against Native individuals on Tribal land.

What Crimes Are Covered Under SDVCJ?

  • Domestic Violence

Violence committed by: (i) a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, (ii) a person with whom the victim shares a child, (iii) a person who currently or has previously cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; or (iv) a person similarly situated to the spouse of the victim.

  • Dating Violence

Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

  • Criminal Violations of Protection Orders

The protection order must be enforceable by the Tribe and protect against violent or threatening acts, harassment, sexual violence, contact, communication, or physical proximity to a Native person.


SDVCJ Program Coordinator: 231-534-7377



Click Here to see the GTB Domestic Violence Ordinance, 9 GTBC Chapter 3

Transitional Housing: How victims of domestic violence can afford transitional housing.

 Click Here to see the GTB Tribal Court Rules Subchapter 8.500 SDVCJ Jury, Rights, and Pool




VAWA 2013 Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Five-Year Report



Introduction to the Violence Against Women Act



National Domestic Violence Hotline



StrongHearts Native Helpline